So I've now been to two of the famous RI clam places and have to say that they don't hold a candle to any of the MA or ME places I've been to. I'd heard a lot about Aunt Carrie's which we hit after a day trip to Block Island and our box ($9.95) was all right, but the batter was a little overdone and the clams themselves were too chewy. Stopped at Flo's last year and had the same experience, overdone batter, except this time the clams were a little mushy. Not light and crisp like the north shore (of Boston) places. Anyone else compare the two?
We also got doughboys from Iggy's Doughboys before taking the ferry, a half dozen medium fried doughs for $2.95. A good deal when you have to pay $3 or $3.50 for one slab of fried dough these days. After the Aunt C's clams, we went back over to Iggy's to split a lobster roll special with fries (okay), cole slaw (sweet deli taste) and white chowder (which we thought would be RI style but was NE style, chock full of unwieldy chunks of potato and not much clam). The lobster roll itself tasted good but I swear the hot dog bun was the smallest size you've ever seen.
One thing I can't complain about is Allie's donuts in North Kingstown. My 2nd trip there and I'd go a lot more often if it was the least bit convenient. Amazing donuts with nice crispness and the right amount of grease. The maple frosted old fashioned plain is one of the best donuts ever.
Could I have eaten any more unhealthily for one day?